So that the garden does not take on its gloomy appearance as soon as the cold weather arrives, it is in your interest to plant plants and shrubs capable of blooming in winter. Contrary to what one might think, there is a wide choice among hardy plants, even very hardy ones, which do not flinch under severe frost or even under snow and bloom in profusion under the most difficult conditions. here is twelve plants and shrubs with beautiful winter flowers absolutely essential to enjoy a cheerful and colorful garden under the frost.
1 – The Hellebore (Helleborus)
Hellebore, from the family of Ranunculaceae, is a hardy evergreen plant that brings a note of cheerfulness to the garden from December. There are many, many species, and the one that blooms from November to March is nicknamed the Christmas rose. We like the flowers of Hellebore, of great beauty, with a large diameter and in the shape of a wild rose, available in sumptuous colors. Some hybrid varieties can flower until mid-spring. To be planted in the fall, in the shade or in partial shade, in rich and cool soil. The flowers hold well in a vase.
2 – The viburnum (Viburnum)
With its sumptuous clusters of pink flowers blooming from november and perfume the garden until march, the viburnum, from the family of Caprifoliaceae, deciduous or evergreen, takes on sumptuous colors in autumn. She produces flowers sometimes fragrant, in the shape of trumpets, in winter or spring depending on the species or variety. It is planted in the sun, sheltered from the prevailing winds, in a rich and cool soil.
3 – The Cyclamen coum (Cyclamen)
This plant of the family Primulaceae is also called Caucasian Cyclamen or Cyclamen of Cos. It is the small essential plant to have very beautiful flowers in winter, pink or white on white marbled foliage. This Cyclamen naturalizes over time and replants spontaneously. It is installed in autumn without moderation to generously flower the garden. Cyclamen coum finds its place in the lawn Where under deciduous trees where it thrives particularly well because it likes semi-shaded to shaded exposures. Rustic, it likes rich, draining, cool soils in winter. In summer, it tolerates dry soils particularly well.
4 – The Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum)
No, the Chrysanthemum is not just for cemeteries! It is an annual or perennial plant of great beauty, which it would be a shame to do without in the garden, which blooms profusely from June until early winter depending on the species. The Chrysanthemum comes in a multitude of varieties and bright colors. Easy to grow, it does well in large pots as well as in the ground in a sunny location. It shows little concern in terms of soil since it tolerates any type of soil.
5 – The Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)
The Snowdrop belongs to the family of Amaryllidaceae. Here is a beautiful winter flower that lives up to its name since it is quite capable of emerging from a snowy carpet in the heart of winter, and more precisely between january and february. We love its delicacy as much as this little note blooms that helps us get out of the gloom.
6 – Liverworts (Hepatica)
These are alpine herbaceous plants of the family Ranuculaceae. Winter does not scare them. They bloom running February and until April. The extremely beautiful flowers of these very hardy perennials can be white, blue, pink or purple. In the language of flowers, they symbolize confidence.
7 – The dwarf Iris or Iris des garrigues (Iris lutescens)
The Dwarf Iris belongs to the family of Iridaceae. It is one of the plants that we seek to have flowers from February. Its foliage can be plain or mottled and the flowers, depending on the variety, are white, purplish blue or yellow. The dwarf Iris is the anti-gray mine of gardens in winter. It is installed in stony corners or in the lawn, in a sunny position.
From winter flowering shrubs, we cannot miss the following species.
8 – The Sarcococca
It is a shrub of the family of Buxaceae and like Sarcococcda, with evergreen glazed foliage whose sculptural flowers with the scent of lily of the valley, pink or white in color, bloom in abundance from November to February. It is then covered with small decorative berries. It thrives in unpleasant places in the garden where it is usually difficult to grow plants.
9 – Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum)
Incomparable to bring a touch of delicacy in the middle of winter thanks to its beautiful abundant yellow flowering that appears before the leaves. The flowers of this Jasmine of the family of Oleaceae are odorless. The flowering period begins from the month of december and ends in April.
10 – The fragrant Daphne (Daphne odora)
This shrub with a bushy shape and fragrant evergreen foliage of the family of Thymelaeaceae does not exceed 1.20 cm in adulthood. Its growth is slow. Its purplish pink or immaculate white flowers bloom in generous panicles. Starting from February. It is a still little-known shrub that deserves its place not far from the house. Just open the window to enjoy its captivating scents.
11 – The Mahonia
There are many species belonging to the genus Mahonia. These are shrub plants, of the family of Berberidaceae, which bloom profusely, depending on the variety, from October. Flowering ends no later than April. We love its foliage which turns red in autumn and its yellow flowers that bring a touch of enchantment to the outdoor space.
12 – The Japanese Quince (Chaenomeles japonica)
This ornamental shrub, of the family of Rosaceae, is a pure wonder with its flowers of a more or less bright pink, white or red, that we can admire from February to the end of April, even from the month of January at the slightest warmth. Its abundant flowers are breathtakingly beautiful and truly enchant the garden during the winter season.
Male dogwood, Pyracantha, Hamamelis (hardy up to -20 ° C), are other plants to plant in the garden to take full advantage of their decorative asset thanks to their winter flowering which balms the heart. In addition, many of them produce berries that birds can feed on without problem because they are very fond of them.